Dwayne Mustard's Weekly Fishing Report (Aug 19th)

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 19, 2014

Sockeye, sockeye, sockeye and… Chinook? It is quite amazing really, not that we are catching lots of Sockeye north of Seymour Narrows, but that we are still catching lots of Chinook south of town. Surprisingly the Green Can and the Hump are still producing springs in large quantities and it makes the decision of where to fish that much more difficult. Flashers and hoochies are the name of the game south of town and the good old purple army truck continues to be the lure of choice. This time of year can also be very productive in the shallows out in front of Hidden Harbor as some of the big local fish will stage there before heading up the river. Try a big tomic plug in about 50 feet of water and you may hook into a nice Tyee sized fish.

If you decide to head north, you may want to focus on the 45 to 90 foot depths as this seems to be where the guides are getting the most action. Pink hoochies rule the day here and there have been many tides when you might encounter four different species of salmon. Don’t let the number of commercial boats in the area disappoint you, as there would appears to be plenty of fish for everyone. But one word of warning, keep your eyes open and reduce your speed when you are travelling near commercial boats, especially gill netters. Very often the floats on the nets are hard to see and running over a net will spoil everyone’s day. Not only are you liable for the repairs to the net, but you could be liable for any lost revenue while the net is being repaired and that could add up quickly.

On a brighter note, Plumper, Brown’s and Deepwater Bays have all been producing fish so you don’t have to run very far.

Until next week,

Tight lines and keep on fishin’

Dwayne


Our August Heat Derby is heating up!

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 15, 2014

Guest Ranjit Baboolal with his 30.4 lb. Tyee and guide Richard Breaukers 

While there is tons of buzz this year surrounding the much anticipated Sockeye run, we can’t forget about our annual August Heat Derby, which is a month-long event where we record the weights for every Chinook brought onto the docks at Painter's Lodge and at April Point. It’s been a pretty exciting race so far, each day consistently delivering Springs in their twenties, and even a couple in the thirties. And with the Tyee Pool growing more fruitful by the day, we're expecting some more Tyee to come our way over the next couple of weeks.

Let’s have a look at some of the largest fish so far:

1st - Ranjit Baboolal – 30.4 lbs. guided by Richard Breaukers

2nd – Alessia Sevastiamo – 30.3 lbs. guided by Richard Breaukers

3rd – Dave Hoover – 26.1 lbs. guided by Ben Pickering

While lucky angler Ranjit Baboolal currently holds the lead and is eligible for our Grand Prize for the largest fish—a 3-Day 2-Night Fishing Package at Painter’s Lodge—every Chinook is eligible for our daily prize for the largest fish. So keep those lines tight, and you could be our winner!  

Until next time,

Kali


Fishing Sockeye

Painter's Lodge and April Point Resort & Spa - August 14, 2014

Our guests seem to be faced with the rather delightful dilemma these days that sounds something like: “What do I feel like catching today?” While certain areas lend themselves to catching a variety, there are areas where you’re more likely to attract a certain species than the other, such as up North at Deepwater Bay or Brown’s Bay for Sockeye, or South at “the Hump” for Spring salmon. I had the opportunity a couple weeks ago to set out in search of the big Chinooks, and boy did we ever—my guide Conor and I landed three Spring, the largest at 22 and 19 lbs. I have been eager to try my hand at fishing Sockeye since August 1st, as they’ve been non-stop flying onto our dock since recreational opening a couple weeks ago. Last night I finally had my shot.   

For those of you less familiar with Sockeye, it is a species of Salmon native to the Northern Pacific Ocean, sometimes coined a “red salmon” because of its dark red flesh and bright red colour during spawning. During their Ocean phase, or the phase that you will catch them here, they are identified by their blue-green hue, diamond-shaped scales, large eyes, oily quality, and lack of teeth. It is not often that anglers are able to catch and retain wild Sockeye—in fact the last recreational opening was back in 2010, which makes it an incredibly unique opportunity to fish them this year. In addition, the Sockeye found in the Discovery Islands are touted as the very best, since the Sockeye found in this region are at a particular stage in their life where their fat content makes them unbelievably delicious to eat. I couldn’t wait to sink my teeth into a same-day caught Sockeye, but we had to earn it first.

We headed North in the early evening on the flood tide, and as we made our way through the Seymour narrows, I received my own private rapids tour as the tidal pools and swells pulled at our powerful Boston Whaler. Eventually we pulled into Deepwater Bay, a beautiful remote cove about 30 minutes North. Conor pointed out several differences between fishing Sockeye and other species— Sockeye fishing is much shallower, typically from 30-60 feet, compared to Spring where you sometimes fish at 200 plus feet. Anglers also prefer pink hootchies and flashers, as this simulates plankton, or Sockeye’s primary feed. This also lends them that shockingly red hue. While flashers are sometimes optional when fishing other species, they are essential for Sockeye fishing. Sockeye hunt in schools, and the flasher simulates other fish chasing prey. Some fisherman will even attach additional dummy flashers to their line to enhance the effect, although this can also be a bit of a disadvantage if you’re looking to quickly reel in or set your lines down.

Conor explained that Sockeye fishing was like a light switch—one moment it will be completely quiet for everyone out there, and another you’ll look around and everyone will be hooking fish. His prediction proved true as we sat waiting for about an hour until we finally got a couple bites. The first two were very quick and we lost them almost immediately. Hyper fish, apparently! Not too long after, we got one and the hook set in. It wasn’t a strong fight per se, but a very active fish. Netting Sockeye proves difficult because their tendency to spook when they see the boat, and spit the hook at the last second. Conor skillfully net the first one, and I netted our second soon after.

Two beautiful, sparkling Sockeye, and our job was done for the day. We did what many of our guests do with fresh Sockeye soon after: straight onto the barbeque. It had to be one of the best things I've ever tasted. 

Now it's your turn to try your hand at fishing Sockeye! Let us show you what it's all about- find out more information on our fishing charters at http://www.painterslodge.com/fishing/

Until next time,
 

Kali